Preschool Penguin Learning Activities and Eco Craft


Penguin craft

Is one of your goals this year to be a more hands-on parent this year?  Here are a few learning activities and crafts for you to try out this year.  The big hit in our house this week (for all kids, ages 1, 4, and 7) was Patricia the Penguin.  My kids designed and made her (not me) so she does look a little silly =), but kid made is so much more meaningful for learning.  The kids take ownership over their learning when adults step back and let them create. Here are some learning activities that we have done this week.  To download your own copy of my Playful Preschool Weekly Plan FREE stop by this post.



Activity: Patricia (the Macaroni) the Penguin ECO Craft and Reading Activity

Materials:Carboard Box (I used a cracker box)PaintPaintbrushesConstruction PaperScissors (I don't let kids cut cardboard, just paper - BE SAFE always!)Tape or gluePen or Marker

I love this activity because there are so many ways to use it.  I am focusing on teaching the letter and sound for Pp.  Your focus will be different depending on your child. One year olds can use pom poms to feed the penguin for a fine motor activity. Seven year olds can read a set of sentences and feed the penguin the facts (not the opinions.)

Directions to Make the Penguin:
  1. Parent cuts the beak hole and a rectangle in the lower back for easy removal of the cards or pom poms. 
  2. Paint the box black.  While drying, cut oval wings and webbed feet.
  3. When the black paint is dry, paint the eyes, body and beak on.
  4. Tape the wings and feet on.


Directions for Reading Activity.
  1. Make small squares with different letters written on them such as; N, O, L, S, P, making more P's than other letters.
  2. Introduce the letter P and the sound it makes.  This is the letter P. It makes the sound /p/ like the beginning of the word penguin. /p/ penguin.  
  3. Explain that Patricia the Penguin (or whatever your kids name their penguin) only likes the letter P's, and they can "feed" the P's to her, saying the sound /p/ every time they put one in her mouth.
  4. Let your child "feed" the penguin.  Check for mastery by looking through all the cards in the box.  
  5. Repeat until no longer fun.  Then change it up a bit.

global kids



Activity: Zoom the globe to find the places where Penguins live

Materials:A penguin (homemade or a pre-made one you already have on hand)
globe

Parent tip: Did you know penguins live in Antartica AND South Africa, Australia, New Zeland, South America, and the Galapagos Islands?  Here are a few webpages to read up on some penguin facts: 
Mother Nature Network Article, Discovery Kids, and Wikipedia.

Directions:
  1. Explain that penguins live in special climates in the southern hemisphere.  Show them the differences between the North and the South on the globe.  Tell them that today you are going to find the places on the globe where they live.
  2. Take your little penguin and zoom around the globe.  Get silly, have them go to where you live and ask, "Do penguins live in ___?"
  3. Then, let them zoom the penguin around. Call out the place where penguins live and see if they can find it on the globe.
  4. When another family member comes home or a friend comes over - have them show their new globe skills and teach what they have just learned.  

Activity: Penguin Paper Craft

This craft is a simple, but cute little project that preschoolers can cut to practice their fine motor skills.  It can also be pre-cut and assembled in a learning to follow sequential steps activity.  This would be great combined with a writing promt and displayed on a fridge.  

Directions: This is a guest post and can be found at Sassy Dealz, Winter Penguin Craft 


Penguin Books

Have a great learning week!  We'd love to hear what you are up to!  Wednesday is our Facebook Playful Preschool Sharing Day. Stop by to share a post link with us or visit the links shared.  I will share my favorites on this post this evening. Use the hashtag #playfulpreschool to stay connected with other teachers and parents teaching their 3-5 year olds!


14 comments:

  1. What a cute little penguin Amanda, I love that the kids created it! I bet even your 1 year old enjoys feeding him too! Can't wait to see what you share this month with the penguin theme in #playfulpreschool ! You'll be so proud of what my oldest daughter just finished up all on her own... surprise coming soon in After School Activities.

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    1. Thanks Kim - the eco penguin is definitely not the cutest (we kinda think he may even look a little angry) BUT my 4 year old son is LOVING him and has mastered the name and sound of the letter P in record time with this activity!!! Sometimes it is not about cuteness, but what works. Can't wait to see what your daughter made!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  2. So excited to see all the fun penguin activities you all share this month. We got excited about penguins after our footprint craft and did about 4 more penguin inspired activities, ha. These cute guys are so addicting:) off to pin!

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    1. Ooh - I may have to come visit your site as I am compiling my 101+ learning activities and crafts to do with penguins =) Penguins are addicting!

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  3. I love him - penguins rock! Esp love the kids designed him.

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  4. Too cute I love this penguin, what a fun idea. Thank you for sharing
    Sheena @ http://thekeeperofcheerios.blogspot.com/

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    1. Awe, THANK YOU SHEENA, Sure appreciate you stopping by =)

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  5. I love all the penguin ideas. I also like how you spell things out for others to follow.
    I love coming here each week for ideas.

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    1. Awe - Dayna, you made me smile! THANK YOU for such sweet words. Are the free planners helpful? I'd love to change anything to make it easier and more helpful for parents!

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  6. So much fun! Penguins are such amazing creatures. We love to study and learn about them. Thanks for sharing how to incorporate the reading activity with your penguin craft at Mom's Library. I think your kids did an amazing job on it!

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    1. They are soooo cool. It is amazing the diversity of their eating, habitats, parenting and much more. We are trying to dig into this topic in depth this month!

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  7. featuring this post on the kids co-op this week:) http://www.frogsandsnailsandpuppydogtail.com/2014/01/winter-crafts-and-activities-to-keep.html

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    1. Yeah! Thanks Jamie! You are so sweet to share!!!

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